Jack Rothman’s groundbreaking report, Education for Macro Intervention: A Survey of Problems and Prospects, released last fall, has gained considerable attention, raising the level of awareness of macro practice not only as an essential social work method, but as a fundamental part of our tradition as well.
One of the major recommendations of the report was to establish a special blue ribbon group—that would start as an ACOSA initiated Commission (and with support over time, become a CSWE-sponsored Commission) to implement the Report's recommendations. The Special Commission to Advance Macro Practice in Social Work is now in place.
The Special Commission was established by ACOSA leaders, including Loretta Pyles, ACOSA Board member/Associate Professor at SUNY Albany, Michael Reisch, Daniel Thursz distinguished professor of social policy at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, and Professor Linda Plitt Donaldson from Catholic University. Drs. Darlyne Bailey, Dean, Bryn Mawr GSSWR, and Terry Mizrahi, Professor, Silberman SSW at Hunter College, are the Commission’s Co-Chairs.
This Commission is designed not as a platform of complaint but as a foundation for inclusion and action and is organized around five Work Groups to focus effort and promote productivity. All Special Commission members will participate in at least one of these Work Groups, and each group will have a Commission member as a point person.
The Work Groups in progress are:
· NASW/ CSWE (Professional Organizations): To include strengthening macro policies and standards; influencing accreditation criteria and membership on site teams; better integration of ACOSA Macro Competencies; internal/ external licensing issues.
· Knowledge Delivery, Education Development, and Curricular Support (in broad context): To include teaching materials for the class and in the field; developing additional course syllabi and models of pedagogy; providing training and tools for Macro faculty and field instructors; building the ACOSA website in these areas.
· Faculty and Student Issues: To include ways to increase hiring of full and part time macro faculty; support for macro faculty at “home” and linking to the macro networks; influencing grade to recruit and produce more macro-oriented and competent Ph.D.’s; methods of macro student recruitment; financial support and post-MSW employment information; networking; addressing the issue of licensing – it’s impact, how to influence; develop specialized macro licensing and other credentials.
· Promotion and Public Support of Macro Leaders and Practitioners: To include increased macro coverage in bulletins, news releases, pamphlets, etc. that are issued by CSWE, NASW, and other social work institutions; promoting utilization/application of community level interventions in the field and the use of social work management in the administration of social programs; encouraging professional connections with kindred spirit organizations.
· Linking Micro and Macro – To include working with colleagues, who have a micro orientation to integrate macro and micro; examine why a dichotomy exists; share resources; and develop a unifying strategy for both micro/ macro tracks.